Josh Helmuth delivers the top sports stories of the week.
The Miami Heat took Game 3 against Kevin Durant and the Thunder on Sunday, winning 91-85, meaning, the Heat are now up two games to one and are just two victories away from securing their first NBA title under the LeBron era. Of course they're trying to avenge their loss from last year when Dallas beat them in the Finals, and LeBron failed to defeat the Spurs in the Finals in 2007 as well when he was with Cleveland. Game 4 is Tuesday night and so far this Oklahoma City – Miami series is the highest rated Finals since 2004, and it's also the highest rated finals for yours truly since Short Shorts were still in style. Wait, that doesn't sound right.
You can finally put him onthe board! Dale Earnhardt Jr. FINALLY won a race. It only took him four years to do so, but Junior won at Michigan on Sunday, breaking a streak of 143 races without a victory. He won convincingly, beating second place Tony Stewart by 5.3 seconds. His last win, coming in 2008 was also at Michigan. He's been driving great in 2012, coming into the race he was 2nd in the points standings, and while he's still in that slot following the win, he now only trails 1st place Matt Kenseth by 4 points.
Put another no-hitter in the record books — actually make it a perfect game! Matt Cain threw the 22nd perfect game in the history of Major League Baseball last Wednesday for his Giants. The 10 – nothing win over the Astros may have been one of the best pitching performances in MLB history, considering Cain struck out 14, tying Sandy Koufax's mark for most K's in a no-hitter. It's the 2nd perfect game in two months, it was the third no-hitter within a 13-day span and the 5th of the season. It's been over 100 years since we've seen that kind of baseball. I have a strange suspicion the 'Steroid era' .. is over. But congratulations to Matt Cain, you tossed the first perfect game in Giants history, andddd you have a super hot wife.
Time for the speed round. In a controversial call that could have been ruled an error on a David Wright play that gave up a base-hit – Mets knuckleballer R.A Dickey threw a one-hitter on the same night of Cain's perfecto…. Ladainian Tomlinson will sign with the Chargers for one day so that he can retire with his former club. Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open for his first major victory. And Kurt Busch strikes again! He reportedly had a heated exchange with ESPN reporter Marty Smith following Sunday's race at Michigan. I beg you, if you really want some quality entertainment, just click this link for more of his exploits. You won't be disappointed.
That's the latest in Sports for this week of June. Hope to see ya right here again next Monday, where you can get your Sports Fix.